Cooper Roberts at home.
Cooper Roberts, the 8-year-old boy paralyzed during the July 4 Highland Park mass shooting, is finally back home and adjusting to his “new normal,” his family said Thursday.
“To be able to have Cooper home and our family all reunited together again is such an amazing blessing. He is able to live once again with his twin brother, Luke, and resume being one another’s very best playmates,” the Roberts family said in a statement.
Cooper is finding new sports to play, and has decided to take up wheelchair tennis, his family said.
But Cooper continues to “face a heartbreakingly cruel and unfair road ahead” and has to deal on “a daily basis with the sadness and grief of recognizing all the things he’s lost – all that he used to be able to do at his house, in his community, that he cannot do anymore,” according to his family.
The boy had been rehabilitating at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab after a series of surgeries. A bullet had severed his spinal cord and badly damaged some internal organs. Earlier this month, Cooper’s family said he was experiencing memory loss and was having difficulty with fine motor skills.
Cooper Roberts during one of his recent trips to a tennis court.
Now that he is home, one of the biggest challenges is figuring out how to best transform what used to be a familiar setting for Cooper into one that can accommodate his new needs, his family said. That may mean finding a new place to live.
“Even our home, which we all have loved, simply cannot work for us anymore with Cooper and a wheelchair and many other needs. It’s yet another thing that keeps us up at night — how will we find, renovate or build a home that can work for our family again? Right now, Cooper is only able to access certain parts of the house — that is not right for him or for our family.”
Still, the family said it was “an amazing blessing” to have Cooper back home. “Having our children reunited as a sibling unit and knowing that they can be together whenever they need or …read more
Source:: Chicago Sun Times
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